Lewis Black, Bill Engvall Featured at Bill of Rights Comedy Concert
: March 12, 2012
Lewis Black and Bill Engvall are set to headline The Bill of Rights Comedy concert this May. The event will raise money to build a monument in Arizona to celebrate the bill of righ ...
bill engvall Biography
American actor and comedian Bill Engvall was born in Galveston, Texas on July 27, 1957. He is best known for his stand-up comedy work and being one of the Blue Collar Comedy members.
After dropping out of Southwestern University Engvall had several different jobs, including being a disc jokey at a nightclub in Dallas, Texas. Engvall got his start as a standup comedian while working as a DJ at open mic and amateur nights in Dallas.
Engvall relocated to southern California in 1990 to dedicate himself to a career in comedy. He first began to gain notoriety by being a co-host with Rosie O'Donnell of "A Pair of Jokers," a cable show. He also played Matthew, Blanche's son and stockbroker who aspires to be a comic, in "The Golden Palace." Engvall also hosted "An Evening at The Improv" on A&E and made stand-up appearances on "Late Show with David Letterman" and "The Tonight Show."
In 1992 Engvall got his career breakthrough when American Comedy Awards named him Best Male Standup. Soon after that he appeared in "Delta," a television series on ABC starring Delta Burke. After one season the show was cancelled and Engvall went back to making occasional television appearances as well as making the comedy club rounds. He then signed with "The Jeff Foxworthy Show." In 1996 Engvall signed with Warner Bros. Records and released "Here's Your Sign," the first of his very successful comedy albums. The album peaked in the number 5 spot on Billboard's Country album chart and was certified Platinum. Engvall has released eight additional comedy albums since, with the latest being "Aged and Confused," released in 2009.
In 2000 Engvall and Jeff Foxworthy launched their first Blue Collar Comedy Tour. There have been a total of six. Also featured on the tours are comedians Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White. The tours have spawned "Blue Collar TV," a show on satellite radio and three movies. Bill Engvall became a game show host in June 2011 when he signed on with GSN's "Lingo."